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cough up

To lose a competition by one's own mistakes, usually near the end of the contest.
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That team had the game won, but they coughed it up in the end.

Submitted on August 16, 2009

Additional definitions for 'cough up':

cough upTo expel from the lungs, throat, etc. by coughing.
cough upto give up something
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